Looking for a couch to 5k buddy/support thread

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’d love to! I’ve started C25K way too many times, and I need to commit. Hopefully I’m not quite back where I started, because I’ve been lazy for the last few weeks, but I’m definitely in!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m in! I’ve also started the C25K program several times (getting closest to week 7!) I’ll follow this thread 🙂 

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I started in April about 7 weeks ago, but I’ll definitely root you guys on!!  This is the firs time in my life I’ve ever commited to this for this long.  I use the Zen Labs c25k app and Strava.  Strava is really what has kept me movtivated since it tracks your runs and stats.  For me, I really needed that accountability.  I’ve made tremedous progress in just 6 weeks, from barely being able to run 2 minutes to being able to run 2 miles, which I don’t think I’ve ever done in my life!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

nutmeg5512: I started doing it for weight loss, but I think in the end it is was the combination of heavy lifting (a coworker and I do a program called Stronglifts, which was recommended to me by someone on the boards here!) and the running that made the difference. I’ve lost 20 lbs and still have a lot to go, so I really need to get back on the wagon.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

pinkshoes:  Strava is great – unless you’re super competitive – then it might just make you frustrated if you’re just starting out. 🙂  I use it for tracking my biking and it makes me crazy when I see how slow I am compared to all the other people who have done a particular course.

I recommend Endomondo for tracking, unless you’re going to invest in a Garmin or other GPS watch. 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

nutmeg5512:  I’ve never really worked out or been into sport my whole life, but I know I should be more active so I finally decided to give running a shot.  I want to tone up mostly, which I know I need to do weights with, but if I can shed a few pounds running, I’d be happy with that.  I have about 5-7 more lbs I want to lose.  I’m down about 3 right now.

jenangeles:  haha, yeah, usually I’m pretty competitive, but not with this.  Or at least not at the stage I’m at now.  I use Strava cause my friend is on there and we can bug each other if we don’t go for a while.

And in recent running progress, I actually did 5 miles yeserday at about 12:30/mi.  Definitely no marathon pace and I had to take a quick walking breaks, but I’m still super happy about it!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

nutmeg5512: We’re peas in a pod, you and I! I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in 2010.

With calorie counting, heavy lifting, strength training and cardio, I’ve managed to lose 20 lbs. I’m looking to lose another 10 or so (at least!) before my August wedding, so I’ve committed again! I did all of my strength training exercises and a round of Stronglifts yesterday, so today is running… let’s see how I do! I’ll come back and report.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I started this with my husband last summer and I got to the point of running (or shuffling as I call it because I’m really not moving very fast) for 3 minutes. Then we both got busy with work and I stopped. I’d like to start again, so I’m in. 🙂

I have way more than a few pounds to loose, but mostly I would just like to feel better.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I started couch to 5k and found it very effective in helping me start running. I now run weekly with a club so no longer follow the programme but would definitely recommend it. Hope it works out well for you. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I started (Zenlabs) couch to 5K a couple months ago and I love it! My stamina is better than it’s ever been. I’m not progressing quite as fast as I could be (also why on earth does it think walking for 3 minutes is a quarter of a mile?), especially now that I’m working full time and only doing it on weekends, but I’ve been doing a 1.5 loop through my neighborhood, the second half of which is uphill. On Sunday I finally ran the whole loop without stopping once, so now I’m halfway there! I haven’t really been tracking speed or distance that much but my goal is to be able to run a 5K in about 35 minutes. Once that’s not a problem I’ll probably start training for a 10K. So far I’ve lost about 8 pounds, but also FI and I have been eating better. This wedding ended up being the perfect motivation to get me to finally commit to a healthier lifestyle.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

nutmeg5512: I thought I’d stop by and update about my C25K progress! I’d finished the program about a month back, but a bunch of obligations and a bout of depression kept me from committing to keeping up my progress. This had happened once before and that time I had to start all over again from the beginning, but I guess because I’ve been going to Zumba glass and have been keeping up my strength training, I did my first run in weeks today and I’m about week 6 (10 minutes run, 3 minutes walk, 10 minutes run). I’m excited that I haven’t lost all my progress and I think I’m going to try for the 20 minutes without stopping by the end of the week, which means I hopefully should have no trouble completing the 5K that I’ve signed up for in July! (Let’s hope!)

How are you doing? Did you start the system at all? 🙂

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